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Look to the Communities In Schools blog for our latest news, industry research and insights, and updates on the success of our graduates and communities.

Dropout Prevention Month: How Two Drastically Different Communities Beat the Odds, Beat their States’ Graduation Rates  

By Elizabeth Tuten Oct. 17, 2018

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Both communities face similar challenges related to poverty: kids who drop out because they need to work; kids who must take care of younger siblings or sick family members; kids who have untreated health problems of their own that keep them out of school; or kids who are afraid to walk through their neighborhoods due to violence. Despite these challenges, Chanute’s graduation rate clocks in at 95 percent and Wake County at 89.1 percent. Both higher than the Kansas and North Carolina graduation rates, 90 percent and 87.9 percent, respectively.  

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Post-Florence, Four Communities In Schools of North Carolina Affiliates Reckon with Hundreds of Homeless Students, Destroyed Schools, Extensive Personal Loss

Sept. 27, 2018

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Fred Rogers said, “look for the helpers.” CIS of North Carolina affiliates are used to being the helpers, but today, the helpers need help. Many of the student support specialists are facing their own traumatic circumstances while still pitching in with relief efforts for others. Please consider donating to the All In Relief Fund to help not only the helpers, but the students, families, and communities they serve every day.

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Back to School at the Border

By Elizabeth Tuten Sept. 13, 2018

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On September 12 The New York Times* reported that the detention of migrant children had skyrocketed to highest-ever levels.  At 90% capacity, shelters like Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas, are straining to meet the legal requirements for detained youth, including those surrounding education. Any child living in the US, regardless of immigration status, is legally required to attend school. For the children still in detention centers, Southwest Key*--an immigration non-profit--has partnered with Brownsville Independent School District to bring teachers into their centers until sponsors—usually family members—have been identified for each detained child. But the children who have already been released to sponsors and who will start their local public schools, a different set of challenges lie ahead.  

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Meet Fredrick Bailey, the First Milliken Fellow

By Elizabeth Tuten Sept. 6, 2018

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Communities In Schools of Troup County, Georgia, alum Fredrick Bailey is the first ever recipient of the Bill and Jean Milliken Fellowship. This annual fellowship seeks to advance CIS' collective work and give voice to the next generation of CIS leaders and thinkers, while honoring Bill and Jean Milliken’s unique contributions to this organization. This year’s fellowship is focused on how to prepare all students for college, career and civic engagement, a topic derived from the inaugural Milliken Dialogues.

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Taking the Slide out of Summer Slide: How Communities In Schools Affiliates Make the Most of Summer

By Elizabeth Tuten July 23, 2018

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A recent Brookings Institute literature review found that on average, students' achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month's worth of school-year learning. But for millions of students, it’s the educational relapse that occurs when school is out for the summer months. The U.S. Department of Education released a report in May of 2018 that highlighted the even greater backslide for students who may not have access to summer camps, libraries, zoos, aquariums, and museums due to location or socioeconomic status.  

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Enough: Let's Act On Student Safety

By Dale Erquiaga May 22, 2018

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Ten innocent lives were lost in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday. This marks the 22nd school shooting this year including the mass casualty incidents in Parkland, Florida and now in Texas. No matter the scale, these incidents have traumatized our nation’s school children.

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